Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.
Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.
The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today's most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world.
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Why Choose the HIA Fellowship?
A global education experience
The diversity of our Fellows deeply enriches HIA programs by bringing together participants who represent many different nationalities, perspectives and personal experiences with human and minority rights issues.
Meet world class thinkers and activists
Our curriculum offers an opportunity for Fellows to interact with with leading thinkers and activists on the cutting edge of human rights, historical inquiry and social innovation in their societies.
Produce original research
Fellows share the knowledge they gain in their HIA program by creating in-depth, published articles and teaching tools that draw attention to issues and action that are explored during the Fellowship.
The HIA Fellowship is just the starting point for lifelong opportunities to learn, collaborate and take action through the HIA Senior Fellows network.
HIA Fellowship Testimonials
"Humanity In Action was an amazing experience that challenged and taught me so much and I am incredibly grateful for the experience. Like so…"
"Humanity In Action was an amazing experience that challenged and taught me so much and I am incredibly grateful for the experience.
Like so many, I joined Humanity In Action because I wanted to learn about human rights and it was refreshing to dialogue and engage with my peers over pressing human rights issues. However what was more useful was the critical self-reflection and personal growth I encountered. Through late night conversations, and sometimes in the quiet as I took in the beautiful and tragic sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina, I was reminded why I joined the fight for human rights in the first place. I begun to question the hypocrisy of defending some rights over others. More importantly I was reminded of our shared humanity, one that tramps ethnicity, religion or other man made divisions that distract us from this. We hypocritically say never again but are too quick to forget our shared humanity. However as one speaker reminded me, “You don’t have to stop a tank to be a hero”. We can in our own way become catalysts of change and foster a mindset of peace but first we have to have the courage to stand up not just for our family and friends but for everyone who needs us. Humanity In action didn’t tell me where I would get the courage to stand up but it showed me numerous examples of people who did and I gained allies, young people passionate about making a difference in their own way, the very same people that have pursued the most unique initiatives and each in their own way an authority on something. Knowing that I have this network of people willing to support me emboldens me as I seek out to make the world a better place.
Months after the fellowship, it is still difficult for me to fully describe it. How can I explain the feeling that I had when I sat in the very same warehouse where UN peace keepers gave up women and children to die or how I felt as I debated about human rights in the very house Anne Frank hid in during the holocaust or when a shop keeper in Sarajevo gave me a wooden bullet as a gift. Until today, when I try to list all I have learned, words fail me and the list I attempt to make doesn’t seem quite as complete. Each day I seem to draw a different lesson, to comprehend a statement someone else said better. But maybe this is the point. Humanity In Action has started a journey for me, and rather than the end of the fellowship, it was the beginning of something else. It reawakened a passion for social change and reminded me I was not merely being idealistic in my desire to fight for human rights."
"The HIA summer fellowship completely blew my expectations out of the water...yes it was intensely intellectually stimulating, but unlike a…"
"The HIA summer fellowship completely blew my expectations out of the water...yes it was intensely intellectually stimulating, but unlike a classroom-based program, it brought together the most intriguing of both human rights theory and practice. The visits to actual sites of mass atrocities, exchanges with human rights activists and intellectuals, and unbelievably honest, animated debates with the 19 other fellows daily left an indelible impression. In 5 short weeks, HIA recharged my commitment to action, built friendships that will last a lifetime, and left me profoundly optimistic about the potential impact of our generation."
"The true beauty of HIA lies in its unique and comprehensive approach to engage past with present, activism with academia, and fellow with…"
"The true beauty of HIA lies in its unique and comprehensive approach to engage past with present, activism with academia, and fellow with fellow. As this year’s debut HIA film Just People demonstrated at the HIA International Conference, HIA is about people – the fellows, senior fellows, the HIA organization, the people of the program countries, and the people at home. HIA has challenged me to reflect on my own worldview in light of other fellows’ opinions and contextualize my own paradigms of minority and human rights within a broader global one. My summer with the HIA fellows has been an unforgettable one. I have made a group of close, tightknit friends from all over the world, and the new knowledge and experiences I have gained have reinforced my passion for human rights. Although I have departed from Berlin, I have stepped into an amazing global network, and I look forward to my future involvement with HIA."